Please indulge me as I take a break from being with my dying dog Sheba. My heart is heavy for I wish there was something I could do to ease her pain and calm her down as the cancer in her lungs slowly deprives her of the oxygen it takes to live. Thankfully this suffering will not last long which is very good for both her and me.
Shortly we will be without a canine in our home for the first time since June of 1988. My wife and I rescued our first dog Pirate about a week after getting married and in nearly 25 years since, we have had 7 dogs come and go. In each case, the joy of their presence was ending by the sorrow of their passing.
For whatever God’s reasons, we never had any children in this life. Our dogs became our children in that they received all the love, attention and affection normally lavished upon one’s kids. They in turn gave us years of devotion, love and companionship. Unfortunately, dogs only live a few years and one by one they have departed us. Their departure has never been easy but God has pulled us through each time.
Sheba has been our only dog for 4+ years. In many respects Sheba has always been a “daddy’s girl” and she has indeed gone on countless short trips with me, waited patiently for me when I have been on trips or in a hospital and has loved me unconditionally her whole life. A man cannot really expect more from a dog than to be his “best friend”.
Since the official diagnosis of Sheba’s condition in October, there have been many occasions when we thought the end was near. Each time we allowed our emotions to shower Sheba with love and comfort. Evidently she enjoyed this, for each time she would rally and get better for a season. This time is different and I know that shortly she will be freed from the pain that has been her companion for years.
My heart is heavy for I know that shortly I will lose a dear friend and in some respects a child. Thankfully God sent a cat we named Jehosacat our way last April to help fill the void of Sheba’s illness and passing. God is pretty cool how He takes care of us, even down to sending a cat to “dog people” just to help them deal with a difficult time.
Between Sheba’s condition, some personal health issues and seasonal business concerns, I know that I have not been too active around here recently. I just wanted to warn you that very soon I will be posting blogs regularly again. The silver lining from Sheba finally getting rest and relief from her affliction is rest for us and more time to think, pray and write blogs.
Thank you for your patience over the past few weeks and I pray that shortly I can once again be the vessel through which God can communicate His heart via blogs. Thank you for your prayers and thank you Sheba for 15 years of joy, devotion and companionship.
My husband and I just learned of Sheba's passing just before I read your blog.
As we have had the pleasure of being at the B2Y Ranch a few times over the past few years, we had the privilege of meeting Sheba. She was a beautiful, loving and faithful dog and will be missed.
I remember how she loved to climb into your vehicle whenever you were headed somewhere. I am remembering how she loved to lie under your desk and how she would make her rounds around the table while my husband and I would talk, laugh and play games with you and Blest long into the night.
My favorite memory of her however, was sitting in your living room and watching Sheba after you had gone outside to take care of some things. It broke her heart that she couldn't follow you for she could no longer walk very well. I remember how she waited with her ears alert, listening for your footsteps and straining to hear your voice. Though she couldn't see you or even hear you at that point. for I think you were out in the meadow with your horse, NOTHING could divert her attention from waiting for her master to come back. How joyful she was when you returned. Though she was lame, she struggled to meet you. Her master had returned! I remember I wrote a blog about the incident later, wondering if we are waiting for our Master in the same way.
Both Dave and I want you and Blest to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at the loss of your dear and faithful friend and companion.
One can never underestimate the grief when we lose a much loved pet. I'm so sorry to hear that your wee dog has died.
My thoughts are with you as I can understand the love one can have for a pet. Yes I had noticed that you had been absent for a while. Glad to hear from you and God will bless you with his presence
I am so sorry yet thankful she is no longer in pain.
I fully understand your love and compassion for Sheba.
Yes they do become like our children and seeing them suffer then loosing them is like loosing a child.
Praying for you and Blest.
Big hugs and much love
When I received the news my heart was broken for you two. I know that Sheba was dear to you both and will be so missed. I am so very sorry for the loss of a close friend.
Thank you all for your kind words of comfort and support. Sheba was a huge part of our lives and it will take time to get over missing her, but with God's help, the cat who adopted us and a new dog (in due time), we will be fine. Thank you again for your beautiful sentiments and prayers. We truly are humbled and so very thankful for them.
As I read your blog I was thinking of my parents and their beloved dog. She has brought them many years of unconditional love and companionship and I dread the day that she is taken from them because I know the painful impact it will have on them as well. I am so sorry for your loss. She obviously was much more than a PET. I hope you are feeling better from your medical issues as well and that Jehosocat will be as supportive as possible (for a cat) :wink: